Q: How can I find out about the availability and cost associated with a particular speaker? What about several speakers?
A: Glad you asked! You’re always welcome to call (888-423-3430) or email (Info@BettsWorks.com) but since you’re already here, all of the speakers’ pages have this button so we can get you an answer quick: Have an event and want a proposal with suggested, available speakers including titles and fees? Look for this button at the bottom of many of our group pages.
Q: I need to book a speaker but I don’t have a theme yet. What should I do
A: We love being able to help you form your event! Please tap into our years of experience with thousands of events. We can ask you questions to help you determine what you’re looking for even when you’re not yet sure. We’ll look at your audience, your goals, time frames, topics, interests, etc. to help find the best speaker for you.
Q: Should I contact the speaker directly?
A: While the speakers certainly want to talk with you, they have equipped me to get you the information you need as quickly and efficiently as possible. Because I have virtually no social life, I am generally available and if there’s a question I can’t answer, I can send up a bat signal to the respective speaker to get an answer.
Q: Who’s your best speaker?
A: Every situation, audience, budget, and desired content has a “best fit.” Every speaker has a different approach, feeling tone, experience level, and message. We can tell you who is being booked most frequently but that person may still not be the best fit for your group. We’ll talk about your needs and provide you with enough testimonials, etc. to make an informed decision.
Q: How are the speakers’ fees structured?
A: Generally, fees are grouped as keynote, half day, or full day. A keynote is a general session typically lasting 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. A half day is considered 4 contiguous hours or less and preferably in either the morning or afternoon. A full day is no more than 7-8 contiguous hours. Also, many of the speakers offer consecutive or multiple day discounts and have separate pricing for sessions requiring additional licensing/royalties (such as the REBAC or REBI courses).
Q: I can’t find the specific speaker I’m looking for. What should I do?
A: If you can’t find the specific speaker you’re looking for, please email (Info@BettsWorks.com) or call (888-423-3430). We’ve been in business since 2005 and have maintained a select group of highly qualified, professional speakers. If the speaker you want is not signed with us, we may be able to connect you with that speaker through an ancillary arrangement.
Q: What does BettsWorks’ services cost?
A: To you, the Client, Nada Nothing Zero. The speakers have a contract with us and pay us. Which leads to the next question . . .
Q: Would it be cheaper to go directly through the speaker and bypass BettsWorks?
A: The speaker’s fee should be the same, regardless if you work through us or approach him or her directly. What you are losing is the additional service we can provide, you’re not saving on cost.
Q: How far ahead do I need to book a speaker?
A: The sooner the better. Peak season dates tend to fill first; those being in February-March-April and (especially) September-October. You can “hold” a date at no cost; a hold gives you the first right of refusal. Holds are generally issued for 30 days but can be extended. A hold means your group is interested in a particular date but can’t yet commit; however, should another group want the same date, your group will need to secure the date with a contract or release it to another group ready to contract.
Q: What if we need to cancel a contracted date?
A: Each speaker has a dedicated contract with specific requirements. However, in general, the contracts provide for cancellations according to date of cancellation in relation to the presentation date. For this reason and others Clients are asked to contact BettsWorks at Info@BettsWorks.com or 888-423-3430 as soon as possible to report a cancellation. Ask to see a copy of your selected speaker’s cancellation policy for specifics.
Q: Who provides the contract?
A: The contract is an agreement between the Client and the speaker. BettsWorks facilitates the contract’s execution by both parties.
Q: Where do I send the contract and deposit?
A: Your payments go directly to the speaker. Everything else goes through BettsWorks.
Q: Will the speaker provide me with promotional flyers, etc.?
A: No. But we do try to provide you with as many materials as possible that you can use in your promotion of the event. To that end, if we have videos, graphics, testimonials, articles, or anything else we think might help you in your quest to bring in attendance, we’ll share. We don’t usually have preset promotional flyers as we’ve found that the “pieces, parts” of promotion are more useful to the widest range of clients over a static flyer.
Q: Will my speaker have specific A/V requirements?
A: Yes. Each Speaker will have checked off and/or specified his or her audio visual equipment needs within our “Info-at-a-Glance” document. Our speakers will most typically request a large screen, a small front table for materials, an AV cart, an LCD, a microphone (lavaliere or handheld), and a patch to house sound. They typically travel with their laptop, a back up thumb drive or system for their presentation, and all adaptors.
Q: Will my speaker customize his or her presentation to my event/organization/theme?
A: Yes, every speaker in our group is strongly encouraged to customize presentations. We love it when clients share their logo, theme information, and demographic information about thier organization. We recognize the power of connecting with your audience in order to move and educate them–reflecting an understanding and appreciation of the client’s environment is important. The extent of customization is specific to each speaker; however, unless it is agreed to ahead of time, complete revision of a presentation isn’t appropriate.